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Conjunction Junction

19 Feb

NCSU_MGIM_logo_v1aNorth Carolina State University’s Masters of Global Innovation Management (MGIM) program holds a special place in my heart. Absorbed in a swirl of color, space and copy, my self-portrait as a post-undergrad graphic designer was jauntily painted. But my love of design and creative messaging was dwarfed by a fascination with innovation. Rather than developing advertisements convincing others to purchase, I slowly realized that I wanted to help create the next generation of products and services for the end user to experience. For me, the MIGM program was a platform to break through into the world of innovation and accelerate my career by landing me with a Business Analyst position at Kalypso.

The MGIM program also provided lifelong friendships with a unique group of characters that believed in the power of creativity and innovation – this is one of the many junctions where the values of MGIM and Kalypso collide. For a firm like Kalypso, such a conjunction of values and talent in one place is hard to ignore. This is the motivation behind Kalypso’s MGIM Innovators Scholarship initiative and our desire to start conversations with soon-to-be graduates of the MGIM program.

I am excited to announce that this year, Kalypso is expanding our second annual MGIM Innovators Scholarship to include an additional two thousand dollar award. It is our hope to continue grow the support and partnership between what we believe is an outstanding graduate program and Kalypso—the worlds premiere innovation consulting firm.

The Kalypso MGIM Innovators Scholarship application can be found on the Stelos Alliance’s website here.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014.


SeanKlein2012_viewpoint_jpg-120x150Sean Klein is a senior consultant at Kalypso. He holds a Master of Global Innovation Management degree from North Carolina State University and Université Paul Cézanne. Sean also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. At Kalypso, Sean arms clients with the capability to consistently measure, manufacture and drive profitable ideas into the marketplace. He also has an extensive Lego collection.

Honoring Likeminded Folks

26 Apr


2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners

2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners


On Sunday, Stelos Alliance will honor these four individuals who continue the mission of Stelos Alliance by providing post-graduate opportunities to dynamic young people.

Learn a little about this year’s recipients:

Rex Gore

Rex Gore is the owner of PJS of Texas, a commercial cleaning company, and Cleanscapes, a commercial landscaping company. Rex has always served and supported his community alongside his wife of 29 years, Debra. Rex was involved in the founding of El Paso Éxito or the The Path to Success, a nonprofit aimed at helping employees and their children raise their academic outcomes, and recently partnered with Hudson Baird to form PelotonU — an innovative college program. PelotonU melds a college education with a mentorship model that provides the best parts of a traditional residential College experience, which provides a debt free Bachelor’s degree combined with maturity, life and job readiness..

Carrie Hurt

Carrie A. Hurt is president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, and was recently named interim chief executive officer of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.  Carrie has excelled in her career at BBB since 1995 and she has turned her BBB in to one of the largest BBB’s in the country. Her BBB has been awarded the BBB Marshall A. Mott Award for excellence in outstanding communications, a Hermes Creative Award, a MarCom award and an American Marketing Association award. Her BBB has also been named a top workplace by the Austin American Statesman, as well as a top 50 Best Non-Profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times. In 2011, Carrie was named a Women of Influence by the Austin Business Journal. In 2009, she received the “Yellow Rose of Texas” award from Texas Governor Rick Perry, which recognizes outstanding Texas women for their significant contributions to Texas.

Dixie Van Eynde

Dixie Van Eynde is a counseling psychologist and coach specializing in career enhancement strategies.  Dixie spent many years working in university counseling centers helping students identify and develop their career. Since 2003, Dr. Van Eynde has been involved with LeaderSteps, a program for high school seniors that seeks to provide them with information, inspiration and specific skills and knowledge that will contribute to their development as leaders in their future careers and communities.

Don Van Eynde

Dr. Donald Van Eynde is a Professor of Management at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Don’s areas of expertise include the management of change, management education, and the development of executive teams.  From 2004–2006 Don worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Mission Management Team on issues related to decision making and group dynamics. Working with students is Don’s passion in life.  A part of him says “it’s getting time to retire,” but the other part has trouble envisioning a time when students are no longer a major part of his life.  During his 29 years at Trinity, Don has been recognized on 38 occasions by students and campus organizations as an “Outstanding/Favorite Professor.”


This is our favorite time of year – stay tuned for individual profiles over the coming weeks

Chris Gardner – Stelos Superstar

17 Jan

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In 2011, a group of North Carolina State University alums at the innovation consulting firm, Kalypso, decided to turn their shared interests into an opportunity to award scholarships to NC State students who exemplified Kalypso’s values and passion for innovation.

Their initiative began with four undergraduate scholarships awarded in the fall of 2012 called the Kalypso Wolfpack Innovators Scholarship and recently expanded to a scholarship offering for students enrolled in the Master of Global Innovation Management (MGIM) program.  

Chris Gardner, a student in the MGIM program from Charlotte, North Carolina, was awarded the inaugural $2,000 Kalypso MGIM Innovators Scholarship. Chris, who received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, chose to pursue an MGIM degree because he wanted to challenge himself to learn how to innovate outside of the laboratory in the world of business.

Upon receiving the award, Chris said, “As the 2012 recipient of the Kalypso MGIM Innovators Scholarship, I look forward to taking some of the weight of student loans off my back.  I’m also excited to build a relationship with the “characters” at Kalypso and learn a new perspective on innovation.”

Sean Klein, consultant at Kalypso and graduate of the MGIM program organized the scholarship and says of the initiative: “I feel my work at Kalypso benefited greatly from the global perspective on innovation and management I received from the MGIM program. We’re excited to begin a conversation with Chris as he completes the program and begins looking for post-graduate opportunities.”

When asked what natural gift Chris would like to possess he stated that he would want, “The ability to selectively remember any event from my past. I’d be too scared to have a perfect memory, because I’d spend too much time trying to forget all of my embarrassing childhood goof ups, but wouldn’t it be great to remember every detail of every book you’ve ever read? There’s simply too much for us to learn out there, and it’s all too easy to forget.”

Chris Gardner is a character with character and a true Stelos Superstar.

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